Dinner for One

My honey is a Firefighter and his work schedule can be crazy at times. Often I’m cooking for one and I struggle to find recipes that are healthy and cost-effective for one person. Tonight was one of those nights. I sat at my desk this afternoon pondering what I can cook for dinner that’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. I remembered that we had bought red peppers and mushrooms this weekend at my favorite Asian market, Lotte and we had onions in the pantry. So on my way home I stopped at the store and picked up whole wheat naan, bruschetta and mozzarella cheese. Voilá, my own personal pizza.  What did you make for dinner?

My ingredients that I bought at the store:
Bruschetta, Mozzarella & Naan (I had the Basil)

I sautéed red pepper, onions and mushrooms until tender.
Sometimes I’ll pick up veggies from the salad bar if we don’t
have any in the house; they are quick and cheap.

My pizza just before it goes into the oven for 12 minutes

Dinner time! Yummo!

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Lovelies List — 1.27.12

So I’ve switched things up a bit and am now posting my Lovelies List on Fridays and linking up with Lauren from From My Grey Desk for High Five For Fridays.

I’ve had a great week, and I hope you have too!

1. It’s a Boy! — This week my best friend had her first baby, A BOY! I’m a little biased, but I am pretty sure he is one of the cutest babies that I’ve seen. I can’t wait to meet him when we fly out to Houston in a couple of months!

2. Crazy for Coral — A couple of weeks ago I posted about my new obsession with the color coral and adding this to our home decor. Well, I am on my way after purchasing this FANTASTIC chair at Pier1 this week.

This isn’t the greatest picture, but the stripes are a
coral color and my rug and pillow are navy

3. Diadra’s Chicken Salad — My friend Daidra has this AMAZING recipe for a super yummy chicken salad. I made it on Sunday and enjoyed it for lunch everyday this week. It saved me money and calories from eating lunch out! Stay tuned, I’ll post the recipe soon.

4. Who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks? — This week I made it my mission to keep our ADORABLE dog, Macy from sleeping on our bed. I thought this would be hard, but to my surprise she’s been great and has spent the last two nights on her bed the entire night. YEAH!

5. National Chocolate Cake Day — is today and in celebration I’m making Reese’s Pieces Cupcake Crowns to enjoy with my honey’s family tonight.

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Oh, How Pinteresting!

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I’m changing things up a bit on Geaux Girlie. Wednesdays have been my weekly Lovelies List days, but starting this week I’m linking up with The Vintage Apple for “Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday”.

Here are my top 10 pins from Pinterest this week. What are your favorite pins this week?

Vanity for our master bathroom refresh.

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These would be quick and easy for breakfasts on the run.

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LOVE this chevron pattern and colors!

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Classically sexy!

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Great idea for herbs and decor on the deck!

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Operation keep Macy off the furniture

We are those people…suckers for the adorableness that is our Weimador (half black lab, half weimaraner), Macy. She is so cuddly and loves to sleep with us…you know where this is going, right? Well, her cuteness of sleeping in a little tiny ball has broadened to crawling under the blanket, sleeping with all four paws stretched out and snoring. No joke, the other night I had my headphones on enjoying a recent episode of PanAm on my iPad when I could hear her snoring over the TV show. That was the last straw, we’ve got to do something to reclaim our king size bed and regular sleeping habits.

Enter, “Operation keep Macy off the furniture”, here is about how the night went:

10:30PM — I turned on the electric blanket on Macy’s bed so that she would have a nice, warm place to sleep

11:00PM — I turned off the electric blanket because I was worried that I’d forget in the morning and leave it on all day, i.e. fire hazard. Oh the life of a Firefighter.

11:30PM — I moved Macy’s bed right next to my side of the bed so that she wouldn’t feel lonely and neglected

11:45PM — Shoo Macy to get off our bed and get onto her own bed

1:00AM –Shoo Macy to get off the sofa in our bedroom and go onto her own bed

2:00AM –Shoo Macy to get off our bed and get onto her own bed

4:00AM — Shoo Macy to get off our bed and get onto her own bed

7:00 AM — Wake up and feed Macy

7:10AM — Shoo a wide-eyed and bushy-tailed Macy to get off our bed and onto her own bed

8:00AM — Take this picture of Macy and give her a little lovin’ for staying on her own bed while I got ready for work. I’m pretty sure she’s giving me the stink eye in this picture though. Not her most photogenic moment.

Tonight the operation continues, but I’m assuming that it’ll start earlier since I didn’t get a restful nights sleep. Fingers crossed that I have the stamina and follow through to see this until the end. Because after all…

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

I feel like I may turn in to a cup o’ soup like Justin Timberlake in the hilarious SNL skit with all of the soup recipes that I’ve posted lately. It’s cold outside, and what better way to stay warm then with a bowl of piping hot soup? I think this is a recipe that you’ll enjoy as it’s quick, easy and relatively healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 store-boughtRotisserie Chicken, shredded
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 11oz. can Corn
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 32oz. Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Thick & Chunky Salsa
  • 1 T. Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation

1.  Sauté onion, and garlic with oil in a large pot until tender

2.  Combine chicken, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chicken broth and salsa. Cook until heated through

Chicken Tortilla Soup

3.  Grate cheese, finely chop cilantro and crumble tortilla chips into bite size pieces

4.  Serve soup with cheddar cheese, cilantro and crumbled tortilla chips. The soup would also taste great with sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream (we didn’t have any of those on hand)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

They don’t make ’em like that anymore

Etta James, the legendary, soulful blues singer passed away today. She’s most famous for the song, At Last which is a widely popular choice among couples as their first dance song. However, I remember this song from a classic movie, Father of the Bride, Part II.

Which brings me to my point, they don’t make movies like this anymore. Classic, feel good, happy, romantic, sweet, lovely movies. I was just saying to my FSIL (favorite sister-in-law) the other day that there really should be a channel solely for 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s romantic chick flicks. I’m not talking the Lifetime Network here people, I mean legitimate, at one time in the theater movies. I’d never again say, “There’s nothing to watch on TV!” So, I’m going to help the networks by starting a list of movies that I think they should include on this all-chick flick channel.

  1. Father of the Bride
  2. Father of the Bride, Part II
  3. You’ve Got Mail
  4. Pretty Woman
  5. Serendipity
  6. The Holiday
  7. Sleepless in Seattle
  8. Titanic
  9. Ghost
  10. Under the Tuscan Sun
  11. Notting Hill
  12. When Harry Met Sally
  13. Dirty Dancing
  14. Footloose
  15. Runaway Bride
  16. The Wedding Planner
  17. A League of Their Own
  18. While You Were Sleeping
  19. Steel Magnolias
  20. Love Actually
  21. Must Love Dogs
  22. Thelma & Louise

So what have I missed? What are your favorites that aren’t on my list?